Hole Profile: Champions Course 16 Ossie Pickworth

Sandhurst’s beautiful Champions Course is one of two championship 18-hole courses at the Melbourne club. Alongside the North Course, the Champions Course offers golfers a phenomenal place to play in the city’s Sandbelt region, just half an hour’s drive from the CBD. The 16th hole on the Champions Course is named after golfing legend Ossie Pickworth, winner of three successive Australian Open titles in 1946-1948. The last par 3 on the 18-hole course, often considered one of the easier holes on the course, requires a considered approach, but gives players a fantastic opportunity to pick up a shot towards the end of the round.

At 160m players will be confident in reaching the green from the tee, however, caution is advised with extensive sand to the right that can ruin a player’s game. Looking to the green, the hole is dominated by the water body that flanks it beyond the bunker on the right, although this should cause players little concern, save for the most wayward of shots.

A considered shot to the front left of the green is the safe play, giving the hazards a wide birth and allowing for what should be a straight forward two-putt par. There is a good chance of players picking up a birdie, especially with a favourable pin position, and any dropped shot is likely to prove costly when it comes to adding up the final scores.